28th Oct 2018 is one of the most remarkable dates in the history not only of Kenya but East Africa as a single tourism destination when Kenyan government launched its first of its kind Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner to start its direct flight from Kenya to New York City in the United States of America.
The flight which was flagged yesterday by the president of Kenya His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta from Kenya’s international airport Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) for New York City, USA, in a historic flight in Kenya’s aviation industry.
The flight departed at around 11.20pm with 234 passengers on board will cover 13,713km between Nairobi and New York City will take 15 hours saving up to 7 hours from the previous route which takes 22 hours. President Kenyatta give brief remarks shortly after the flight departure said that the direct flights will open up Kenya to the rest of the world.
“These flights are set to provide a seamless experience for business and leisure travelers alike. It will allow the world to taste Kenya’s diverse cultures and hospitality,”
The flight will land at JF Kennedy International airport is among the longest flight in the world with only two hours behind Singapore which handles the current record of 17 hours that is from New York City to Singapore which was also launched early this month
CNN journalist Richard Quest, who this week has charmed Kenyans with a visit to the country, was on the Singapore flight — and will tonight be on the Dreamliner from Nairobi.
He wrote a live blog for CNN detailing his trans-continental flight, heavily praising it for its superiority in creature comforts.
“This is Singapore airlines, they work harder than just about any other airline to perfect the experience. The flight has run incredibly smoothly, food and drink available throughout.”
Kenya Airways (KQ) told the Sunday Nation that they anticipate very few complaints given the care they have taken with the flight.
“Customers can expect an enhanced experience on this flight. For instance their food will be off a menu designed and cooked by celebrity Chef Kiran Jethwa of Seven Seafood and Grill, who will also be on board,” said an airline spokesperson.
According to the management of Kenyan Airlines, the airline will be having four senior pilots and 12 flight attendants and they emphasized that the Dreamliner 787-8 is very comfortable plane with enough large leg room, big windows and enough space for passengers with high difference with others.
The door of tourism has been opened not only to Kenya but to all East African countries as new big potential market is opened up and this will boost up our tourism in the region.